Youngster ponders best way to care for fern

Eight-year-old Skylar Bailey examines this fern his grandparents William and Elaine Chappell of Caswell County just purchased at the September 2 market.

September 9 will mark the close of another very successful Caswell Farmers Market in Yanceyville. The market opened as usual in April and has run every Thursday afternoon from 4-6:30 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to be there Thursday, September 9, for a last chance at delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables, not to mention handcrafted products, jewelry, flowers, potted plants, baked goods and more.

Total sales for this season are $39,500 (as of August 26) compared to $37,375 for the same number of weeks in 2020. Co-organizer Rebecca Page explains that customers spent an average of $13 per visit.

Much to everyone’s delight, the market was able to provide many $5 coupons throughout the season to help defray costs with a total of $7,715.00.  Of those coupons, $3,450.00 was distributed to clients of Shady Grove UMC and Locust Hill UMC food pantries, County Outreach Ministry, and the Caswell Senior Center.  “Caswell Family Medical Center has distributed $1,200 in $25 gift cards. Vendors are reimbursed for all coupons they accept,” says Page.

The total number of visitors/volunteers/vendors in 2021—3,041 beats the last two years’ totals of 2,801 in 2020 and 2,539 in 2019.

The average number of vendors per market day was nine.  The most vendors on a day totaled 15. The least number was two on a misty, cold day. However, both of those vendors said they had good sales to the customers who came out.

Thanks to all of such a great market that allowed residents to have easy access to fresh food. Don’t miss out on Thursday. Who knows, there could be surprises!